Ash Wednesday Holy Communion

Start your Lent journey by joining in Premier’s Ash Wednesday Communion Service, at 12 noon or 10pm on 17 February – an opportunity to come before God in repentance, receive forgiveness and share in Holy Communion led by the Rev David Senior.

Grace, mercy and peace

from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ

be with you.

Holy God,

holy and strong,

holy and immortal,

have mercy upon us.

 

Hymn - Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,

forgive our foolish ways:

reclothe us in our rightful mind;

in purer lives your service find,

in deeper reverence praise,

in deeper reverence praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,

beside the Syrian sea,

the gracious calling of the Lord

let us, like them, obey his word:

'Rise up and follow me,

rise up and follow me!'

O Thy still dews of quietness,

till all our strivings cease;

take from our souls the strain and stress,

and let our ordered lives confess

the beauty of your peace,

the beauty of your peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire

your coolness and your balm;

let sense be dumb, let flesh retire,

speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,

O still small voice of calm,

O still small voice of calm!

 

The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.

 

Collect for Ash Wednesday

 

Readings

1 John 1: 5 to 1 John 2:6

Matthew 4: 1-11

Sermon

 

Time of penitence

Let us now call to mind our sin and the infinite mercy of God.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

From all evil and mischief;

from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy;

from envy, hatred, and malice;

and from all evil intent,

good Lord, deliver us.

From sloth, worldliness and love of money;

from hardness of heart

and contempt for your word and your laws,

good Lord, deliver us.

From sins of body and mind;

from the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil,

good Lord, deliver us.

Give us true repentance;

forgive us our sins of negligence and ignorance

and our deliberate sins;

and grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit

to amend our lives according to your holy word.

Amen

Make our hearts clean, O God;

and renew a right spirit within us.

We make the sign of the cross. There then follow words of absolution.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you

 

Song - Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.

 

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is indeed right and good

to give you thanks and praise,

almighty God and everlasting Father,

through Jesus Christ your Son.

For in these forty days

you lead us into the desert of repentance

that through a pilgrimage of prayer and discipline

we may grow in grace

and learn to be your people once again.

Through prayer and acts of service

you bring us back to your generous heart.

Through study of your holy word

you open our eyes to your presence in the world

and free our hands to welcome others

into the radiant splendour of your love.

As we prepare to celebrate the Easter feast

with joyful hearts and minds

we bless you for your mercy

and join with saints and angels

for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest

Father of all, we give you thanks for every gift that comes from heaven. To the darkness Jesus came as your light. With signs of faith and words of hope he touched untouchables with love and washed the guilty clean. This is his story. This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.

The crowds came out to see your Son, yet at the end they turned on him. On the night he was betrayed he came to table with his friends to celebrate the freedom of your people. This is his story.

This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.

Jesus blessed you, Father, for the food; he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said: This is my body, given for you all. Jesus then gave thanks for the wine; he took the cup, gave it and said: This is my blood, shed for you all for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me. This is our story. This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.

Therefore, Father, with this bread and this cup we celebrate the cross on which he died to set us free. Defying death he rose again and is alive with you to plead for us and all the world. This is our story. This is our song: Hosanna in the highest.

Send your Spirit on us now that by these gifts we may feed on Christ with opened eyes and hearts on fire. May we and all who share this food offer ourselves to live for you and be welcomed at your feast in heaven where all creation worships you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ. Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace.

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.

Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, broken for you, keep you in eternal life.

The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, shed for you, keep you in eternal life.

Prayer after communion

Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Through him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice.

Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

 

Hymn - Take my life and let it be

Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee.

Take my moments and my days;

let them flow in endless praise,

let them flow in endless praise.

Take my hands and let them move

at the impulse of thy love.

Take my feet and let them be

swift and beautiful for thee,

swift and beautiful for thee.

Take my voice and let me sing

always, only, for my King.

Take my lips and let them be

filled with messages from thee,

filled with messages from thee.

Take my silver and my gold;

not a mite would I withhold.

Take my intellect and use

every power as thou shalt choose,

every power as thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it thine;

it shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart it is thine own;

it shall be thy royal throne,

it shall be thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour

at thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself, and I will be

ever, only, all for thee,

ever, only, all for thee.

 

Blessing and close

May God the Father,

who does not despise the broken spirit,

give to you a contrite heart.

May Christ,

who bore our sins in his body on the tree,

heal you by his wounds.

May the Holy Spirit,

who leads us into all truth,

speak to you words of pardon and peace.

And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service is copyright, © The Archbishop’s Council 2000